Notes: The 2001 Civic has transmission problems, transmission problems & more transmission problems. Did we mention transmission problems? And a dangerous defect with the front airbag that didn't get recalled for 10 years.

Although eventually the defective 2001 Civic airbag inflators were fixed under recalls in 2011 & 2013, that meant for 10 to 12 years airbags were activating with excessive force where metal fragments went shooting into passengers when the airbag deployed.

As for the 2001 Civic's transmission woes? Honda conducted a major transmission recall in 2004 & settled a class action lawsuit for defective transmissions in 2006. But, neither the recall or the lawsuit included the 2001 Civic.

Last thing to consider - the 2001 Civic is the most-recalled car ever, closely followed by the 2002 Civic & the 2001 Accord. The 2001 Civic is the 4th most-recalled vehicle overall, only a Ford truck & two Ford vans have more.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,900 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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brakes problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 292005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,800 miles


The caller stated that rust has built up on the front rotors and she had to have it removed. There was a noise when turning at slow speeds. The dealer said they would look at it and remove the rust. Manufacturer has not been contacted yet.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #1

Oct 152002

Civic 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
Rotors resurfaced and master cylinder replace at 20,000 miles, rotors resurfaced again at 32,000, now need to be replaced and master cylinder going out again. Honda refuses to fix because warranty has expired. Blamed everything from me, to tire rotations, to getting the rotors wet. Will be filing a lemon law suit. Rotors and master cylinders do not wear out 3 times in 42,000 unless there is a defect. I don't ride my brakes and I don't even rotate my tires so those causes are nill.

- Quincy, WA, USA

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